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You’re invited to explore Cave Canem’s Poets Tour!

The Poets Tour provides opportunities to bring one or more of over 70 accomplished Black poets to your community or campus. Your participation has the added benefit of supporting Cave Canem, the nation’s hub for Black poetry.

Interested? Submit your inquiry.

Poets Tour Profiles

Awkward-Rich, Cameron

Cameron Awkward-Rich

Cameron Awkward-Rich is a trans/queer poet and scholar whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vinyl, cream city review, The Journal, The Seattle Review and elsewhere. Cam is a Poetry Reader for Muzzle Magazine, has been on multiple National Poetry Slam teams, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Wesleyan University. Currently a…

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Bashir, Samiya

Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir is the author of Field Theories (Nightboat Books, 2017), and Gospel (2009) and Where the Apple Falls (2005), which were both Lambda Literary Award finalists. Her poetry, stories, articles and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications most recently including Poetry, World Literature Today, Ecotone, HOAX, The Offing, and Poet Lore among others. Bashir is a founding organizer of…

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Bingham-Risher, Remica

Remica Bingham-Risher

Remica Bingham-Risher earned an MFA from Bennington College and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Her first book, Conversion (Lotus, 2006), won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Her second book, What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013), was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is the Director of Writing and Faculty Development…

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Brown, Derrick Weston

Derrick Weston Brown

Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He was the founding Poet-In-Residence at Busboys and Poets and has taught creative writing and poetry at all levels of education. His poetry has been featured in such publications as The Washington Post, The New Orleans Times-Picayune and Colorlines. His work has also…

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brown, drea

drea brown

Originally from St.Louis, drea brown is currently a PhD candidate in African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin. her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals most recently Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander and Southern Indiana Review. drea is also the winner of the 2014 Gold Line Press poetry chapbook competition judged by…

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Brown, Jericho

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts.   His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry.  His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf…

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Burgess, Gloria

Gloria Burgess

Gloria Burgess’ poetry celebrates the evocative oral traditions of her African, Native American, and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Her poetry appears in diverse anthologies and publications, including Fire on Her Tongue, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and Gathering Ground. Gloria works at the nexus of the arts and leadership. A poet, actor, director, and leadership…

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Burroughs, CM

CM Burroughs

CM Burroughs is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Her first book is The Vital System, published by Tupelo Press in 2012. Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Callaloo Writers Workshop, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions…

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Carter-Jones, Sheila

Sheila Carter-Jones

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Caudell, Robin

Robin Caudell

Robin Caudell is an AP award-winning journalist and videographer. She has been a Staff Writer at the Press-Republican since 1990. An Eastern Shore native and U.S. Air Force Cold War veteran, she holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in…

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